RE/MAX Big 3 Week 6

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Blue Valley North at Bishop Miege
7 p.m. Friday at Dixon Doll Stadium

Next up on the can anyone beat Bishop Miege tour is Blue Valley North. The Stags are off to a perfect 3-0 start and have taken out Blue Valley and St. Thomas Aquinas in two of those first three wins.

North comes in looking for a win after losing to Aquinas two weeks ago and Blue Valley last week. The loss to the Tigers was a gut-wrenching defeat that saw Blue Valley score 10 points in the final two minutes to earn a 34-33 win.

The talk about Miege the last few years has been about its outstanding offense but this year the defense has become a dominant unit. The Stags have allowed just 24 points in three games. Miege has shut down Aquinas and Blue Valley and shutout Gardner-Edgerton.

North counters with a dynamic offense led by quarterback Graham Mertz. That group will have to play well and put points on the board because it will probably take 30 points or more to take down the Stags.

Mill Valley at Blue Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley Stadium

This is a matchup of two teams that opened the season with a tough loss and then bounced back with two straight impressive wins.

Mill Valley was stunned by St. James to open the season while Blue Valley got rolled by Bishop Miege. The Jaguars bounced back with wins over Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley Southwest.

Mill Valley’s offense has come to life scoring 35 against Northwest and 51 against Southwest. Quarterback Brody Flaming was huge last week throwing for seven TDs. Stopping him will be job one for the Blue Valley defense.

The Tigers have a ton of momentum after the comeback win over Blue Valley North last week. Blue Valley trailed by more than two scores for most of the game only to put on a furious fourth-quarter rally that saw the Tigers score 10 points in the final two minutes.

This could be an offensive shootout with the defense that gets the most stops taking home the victory.

Paola at DeSoto
7 p.m. Friday at Wildcats Stadium

DeSoto has been one of the most dominant teams in the Metro and this week Paola will try to slow the Wildcats down.

Both Frontier League teams are off to a 3-0 start and the winner of this game will have an inside track to the League title.

DeSoto’s dominance has been impressive. The offense and defense have gotten better each week. In week one the Wildcats scored 30 against, followed that with 36 against Bonner Springs and 41 last week against Louisburg. The defense allowed eight points to Ottawa and has been perfect the last two games. In the game against Bonner Springs the special teams and defense both scored so all phases of the Wildcats’ game have shown brightly this year.

Paola has won all three games by two scores or more so the Panthers are also playing good football. This week the Paola running game will need to be in control of the clock to keep the DeSoto offense off the field. If the Panthers can neutralize the size of the DeSoto offensive and defensive lines it can win this game.

Rockhurst at Blue Springs
7 p.m. Friday at Peavey Stadium

The premier rivalry game in the Metro is back for 2017. Rockhurst and Blue Springs are the most dominant programs in Missouri Class 6 playing in 11 of the 16 Missouri Class 6 title games.

This year Rockhurst opened with a surprising loss to Columbia Rock Bridge. Since that time the Hawklets are 4-0 and seem to be getting better each week. Rockhurst has done it in classic Rockhurst style, tough defense, solid running game and outstanding special teams.

Blue Springs lost two in-a-row before bouncing back with a 42-0 win over Shawnee Mission West last week. The Wildcats potent running game has dealt with injuries but could be getting healthier at the right time.

This game could come down to turnovers and the team that wins the turnover battle could have bragging rights this time around.

Liberty at Platte County
7 p.m. Friday at Pirates Stadium

The best schedule in the Metro might just belong to Platte County. The Pirates have already played Staley, Belton and Harrisonville and this week host Liberty.

Platte County’s offense has been outstanding all year long. The Pirates have scored more than 40 points three times and 20 or more in the other two games. Platte County will need to score at least 27 or more to be in position to beat a Liberty team that has scored at least 34 points in all five games including more than 40 three times and 55 in a 55-35 win over Raytown two weeks ago.

The Jays offense features a stout running game led by Robert Rawie but the passing game of quarterback Thomas Heinrichs has been devastating as well. Platte County’s defense will be tested all night long.

If this game is a shootout it could be one of the best games of the year in the Metro.

Lee’s Summit West at Park Hill
7 p.m. Friday at the Park Hill D.A.C.

Last week Park Hill found itself as the No. 1 team in Class 6 for the first time in school history. The Trojans then traveled to Lawrence and fell to Kansas Class 6A No. 2 Lawrence Free State in a game that Park Hill almost rallied for the win.

West made a trip of its own to take on Lawrence winning a wild 49-35 scoring fest. The Titans trailed early but used big plays by tailback Phillip Brooks to earn the win.

This is a game that features athletes all over the field. West’s offense has been a big-play machine all year while Park Hill’s defense has been good at stopping high-powered offenses.

Both teams seemed to sleep walk through the first half against Kansas teams and it cost Park Hill and almost cost West. This week it should be very different as both teams know what to expect and should be very focused after last week.